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For Trade / FREE Kokanee 101 DVD - Never used!
« on: June 20, 2022, 09:56:45 AM »
If ya want it....  :smt044

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Kokatat Tempest Dry Pants Relief
« on: May 25, 2022, 09:32:41 AM »
I've been thinking of buying these for a while and was just looking at their site: https://kokatat.com/tempest-pant-w-socks-gore-tex-pro/

They seem like they would be ideal for warm weather ocean fishing and they look super comfortable.  However there doesn't appear to be a relief zipper and I am curious if its possible to relieve my bladder otw or not.  They have what looks like a velcro wrap in the front to cinch the waist for keeping water out. Can you undo that and get the job done otw, or is that not doable?

Jokes expected.  :smt044

General Talk / Not happy about my recent Dakota Lithium order
« on: May 10, 2022, 03:30:30 PM »
Sorry, just a gripe post...

Had bit the bullet and bought a boondocking setup to use with my camper and went with  Dakota Lithium to buy a setup that can be easily expanded as needed and wont have to replace the battery when I decide to upgrade.  I saw a note on the site saying there is some backorder issues with the 100AH battery, but placed my order and then emailed them on Monday to ask about the inventory of the parts I requested and when it might ship.  They replied back simply with it will ship this week.  By Friday I had no update, so I emailed them again to ask for an ETA on shipping, and they then told me my order wont ship till the end of the month.  Sad, as I really wanted something sooner than that, but I can either wait, or cancel.  They did offer a 10% off the order for waiting, but wont commit to a specific date that they will be in stock and ship out. They only say sorry there was a miscommunication from the Sales department to the Warehouse.  I feel like I had my order stolen from me and they didn't give me any updates without me contacting them.  So I wonder when they were going to tell me after already sitting on my order for a week already...

End of rant.

General Talk / Does anybody sail? (sailboats)
« on: May 09, 2022, 04:06:13 PM »
Curious if anyone on this site likes to sail, has a boat, etc.  For some reason I never recall hearing anyone talk about sail boats (haven't looked either, but).  I do have an AI and do want to sail it more when ready.  But have been getting interested in the idea of learning about sailing recently while watching YouTube videos of people that live on board boats and do things all over the world.  Was curious about peoples experience levels and how they started out.  No, still not talking about catamarans, but sail boats rather.  Anyone live aboard one full or part time in a harbor?  Do any long distance sailing?  Sail in the lakes?  Sailing in the Bay?  Love to hear what your thoughts are!

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / FW Net reccommendations?
« on: May 09, 2022, 06:53:38 AM »
No I didn't use the search feature  :smt044

Looking for a good net to replace my very easy to snag small hooks in, folding Promar.   While I love the function and stowability of this net it has frustrated me for the last time. I like how light and easy it is to swoop up a fish, but it's just too snaggy and need something that wont take for ever to pull hooks out after a fish is landed.  Love the look of the snagproof nettings but looking for advice on one that works well for kayaking, and is hopefully not very heavy.  I have a heavy rubber net, but it just is too shallow and heavy.  Needs a heavy fish to make it stretch and be a net.  Not a short one too, needs a decent handle like 18".

What do you guys like to use? 

Fishing Tournaments and Events / Reboot - The Old No. 8lb Challenge!
« on: April 15, 2022, 05:51:15 AM »
YouTube brings up some random things once in a while from the past and has been quite entertaining. 

Today it was the video in this thread   :smt044   http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=26145.0

Who thinks we should reboot this idea and make it happen?  :smt003

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Hobie AI front hatch seal replacement?
« on: April 08, 2022, 09:51:29 AM »
The rubber seals on the inside of my front hatches came unglued.  First was the upper lid seal, and after last weekend the inner one got ripped off by shoving stuff inside my hull.   Is there a better way to fix this than trying to goop them back in place?  Front hatch has always been a bit leaky, especially when punching waves.  Definitely want to to fix it before taking it sailing.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Seat Cusion Reccommendation
« on: March 29, 2022, 12:10:30 PM »
All my yaks have standard seats like the old Hobie seats, and a standard Crack O' Dawn type of seat.  Over the years I've been getting some pretty bad back and sciatic pains and have tried a few different seat cushions to help alleviate the pain.  The Sturgeon General suggested that I buy a Purple Seat Cushion, made by the company Purple, known for very good beds also makes seat cushions apparently. So I checked Amazon and found they were in the 80-150$ range, and probably worth it.  You can check them out here: https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/6EFB97B2-CD81-4F3B-A1FD-D12D081D5599?ingress=2&visitId=405452d5-71d0-496f-b4d0-c90a7d344eb4&ref_=ast_bln

But of course Amazon also shows you cheaper alternatives and suggested I take a look at this one: https://www.amazon.com/Purple-Cushion-Sitting-Nonslip-Cover/dp/B08P3TRZS5/ref=sr_1_6?crid=1MTCWKNM044ZN&keywords=purple+seat+cushions&qid=1648580405&sprefix=purple+seat+cushions%2Caps%2C371&sr=8-6

For 40$ I figured I'd try it.  And at first I used it on my office chair for about a week and it did make my back pain from sitting 9-10 hours in a chair seem a bit less.  So I got to try it out this weekend on the kayak, and I'm definitely a huge fan of it for the price and comfort it gave me on the water.

This weekend I wanted to troll my ass off both Saturday and Sunday, as well as drive 3 hours each day.  At the end of such a day usually I have to down some Ibuprofen and lay on my back to quiet the pain.  But I put in >16 miles trolling and >260 miles of driving, and that seat cushion helped a LOT.  For 40$ if you have back pain, I suggest giving it a try.  They have a wider version for 50$ as well.  And there are more alternatives than that.  But I like this one, it dried out very quickly and fit great in my Hobie seat.  Has a bit of a tacky underside to keep it from slipping, and you can easily rinse it with the rest of your gear.

So it's sort of hard to admit this, but I feel like I know next to nothing about fish habits and how to specifically target them at specific times of the years.  I watch a lot of YouTube videos these days and people always have some reason for why they are targeting specific areas of lakes at certain times, and what they are using.  I'm wondering what resources I can use to learn more about these behaviors or patterns and get a better understanding of how to target specific fish.  Is there a good book on basics of say freshwater fish that can give a decent explanation of the behavior and patterns of fish? 

Since the Angel Island post was brought up, I was looking to find information on what the best boat in camping destinations are.  But there are such varying conditions such as water levels for lakes like Lake Sonoma, or Lake Mendo where they would be good if the lake was full.  So asking for peoples favorite spots to boat in camp at, as well as if it's doable with low water levels.

So where do you like to boat in camp?  Aside from Lake Del Valle  :smt044

General Fishing Tips / What is my FF trying to tell me
« on: February 27, 2022, 09:13:20 AM »
So I got a Lowrance Elite-4 CHIRP like four years ago, and never installed it until recently.  It's been a bit eye opening compared to my previous fish finders, that I only really ever trusted for depth. I've been trying to understand how it works, watched several videos on them and each time I'm still not sure how in the world people know what marks are what kinds of fish.  Point to some specks on a ridge and say they are bass, etc. So I started taking pics of the FF and wanted to know what someone else thinks about the marks I was seeing.

I'm pretty sure this was a school of stripers and had bites when I had seen them on the FF:

General Fishing Tips / Hoochie and Spinner rebuild
« on: February 27, 2022, 09:03:26 AM »
Had made a bunch of hoochies and spinners and stored them in zip lock bags and thought that was a good way to keep them.  Then I went to use them recently and found that the plastic beads and the hoochies, and even some of the leader line has sort of melted. :smt009  So I dumped them all out, cut them all up and re-used what I could and now have a new set of hoochies and spinners to use (and more than this as well  :smt044 )

I like making them a little too much, so I re-stocked on all the supplies and got to work.  Looking forward to trying them next weekend  :smt003 

Any tips on storing them would be appreciated!

General Fishing Tips / Using Favroites on Windy App
« on: February 23, 2022, 04:39:48 PM »
I just discovered this a couple weeks ago and though I'd share it as I am finding it very useful for determining where to fish each weekend.  If you search for a lake and add it to your favorites, you can view all of the forecasts for the next few days in a list of all the lakes you favroited.  I didn't create a Windy account yet so that I can share them with my desktop, but on the phone its really easy to scroll through all the locations quickly and see what the basic predictions.  Pretty simple but I find it quite useful!

General Fishing Tips / Shrimp for bait in freshwater?
« on: February 16, 2022, 04:57:57 PM »
Ran across a FHS Production video where Cal described using shrimp to catch trout.  I swear I have never heard of this, so wondering if anyone actually does this and how successful it's been.  I did once try squid, but didn't catch anything after one try so gave up. Is it good for something like steelhead fishing since they have a chance of eating shrimp?

Have tried to figure out what the best and smallest LC reel is that has a left hand retrieve option.  The Abu Garcia 5501LC seems like a standard choice, but wondering if there is something smaller out there.  I've got a Abu Garcia Kokanee Special that I really love for trout fishing, but sadly no LC. 

I took another stab at comparing ones online, and just found https://daiwa.us/products/lexa-lc  That seems like the lightest smallest one I can find, 1/3 less weight than the 5501LC and looks fairly compact.  Also a 6.3:1 which seems faster than all the ones I have checked. 

What do you use or recommend? 

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